Bangladesh win hard earned victory over Afghans in 1st ODI

Bangladesh win hard earned victory over Afghans in 1st ODI

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Dhaka – Bangladesh managed a narrow seven-run victory over spirited Afghanistan at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur of capital Dhaka on Sunday night.
The hosts collected a total of 265 all out, with Tamim Iqbal top-scoring with a well played 80. His efforts were well supported by Imrul Kayes (37), Mohammad Mahmudullah (62) and Shakib-al-Hasan (48).
Bangladesh did look set to make a big score but they lost seven wickets in the last ten overs with Afghanistan’s Dawlat Zadran finishing with figures of 4 for 73.In Afghanistan’s chase a partnership of 144 between Rahmat Shah (71) and Hashmatullah Shahidi (72) looked to have set up an exciting finish but like Bangladesh, Afghanistan suffered a collapse and would end seven runs short of the Bangladesh total.
Shakib would take the wickets of Shabir Noori and Rahmat to become Bangladesh’s all-time leading wicket-taker in ODIs moving past the mark of 207 wickets held by Abdur Razzak.
Taskin Ahmed marked his return to international bowling by taking 4-59. Ahmed was cleared to return by the ICC earlier this month having been suspended for an illegal bowling action.
The two teams meet again on Wednesday in the second of three ODIs in Dhaka.
UNB adds: Bangladesh got off to a good start in the three-match ODI series by beating the visitors by 7 runs in the keenly contested 1st match.
Chasing a target of 266 runs, Afghanistan were bundled out for 258 in 50 overs.
Taskin Ahmed grabbed four wickets for 59 runs in 8 overs while Shakib Al Hasan and Mashrafe Bin Mortaza took two wickets each conceding 26 and 42 runs respectively in 10 overs.
Shakib who scored 48 runs off 40 balls in the batting was adjudged man of the match for his all-round performance.
At the same time, he became the highest ODI wicket taker for Bangladesh with 208 scalps after Abdur Razzak.
Skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza made the first breakthrough for Bangladesh taking first Afghan wicket at 46.
Mashrafe dismissed Mohammad Shahzad (31off 21 balls) who was caught by Tigers’ Test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim at 46/1 in 7 overs. Mashrafe bagged the wicket in the last delivery of his 4th over.
Shakib Al Hasan bagged the 2nd wicket via lbw to send off opener Shabir Noori (9 off 24 balls) at 46/2 in 7.3 overs. Shakib managed the wicket in his 3rd delivery of the first over.
However, Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi in the third wicket stand threatened to take the match away from the hosts as they added 144 runs in 23.5 overs.
But, Shakib brought back the Tigers into the match taking the key wicket of Rahmat Shah at 190 in 40.2 overs when he was stumped out by keeper Musfiqur Rahim.
With this wicket, Shakib did the great job of becoming the highest wicket taker in the ODI format leapfrogging previous record held by spinner Abdur Razzak 207.
He is now the highest wicket taker in all three formats of cricket for Bangladesh with 147 wickets in Test, 208 wickets in ODI and 65 wickets in T20I.
Hashmatullah Shahidi hammered team highest 72 off 110 balls with six boundaries while Rahmat Shah hit another remarkable figure of 71 off 93 balls, including two boundaries and three sixes.
Spinner Taijul Islam bagged the big fish Hashmatullah Shahidi who was caught by Soumya Sarkar at 210/4 in 43.3 overs. Mohammad Nabi scored 30 while skipper Asghar Stanikzai added 10 runs for the side.
Earlier, batting first after winning the toss, Bangladesh scored 265 for all in 50 overs with their brilliant innings score of 80 and 62 runs by Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah.
Tamim contributed 80 in 17 overs and 83 in 17.2 overs in the 3rd and 2nd wicket stands respectively with World Cup hero Mahmudullah and Imrul Kayes.
Tamim’s dashing innings witnessed nine boundaries off 98 balls, before he was caught by ODI debutant Naveen-ul-Haq off a Mirwais Ashraf’s delivery 163/3 in 35.1 overs.
Repairing the early damage, the 2nd wicket pair of Tamim and Kayes ended up at 84 for 2 in 18.1 overs, starting from 1 for 1 in 5 balls as Kayes was bowled out by the visitors’ all-rounder Mohammad Nabi. Imrul scored 37 off 53 balls including six boundaries.
The 3rd pair between Tamim and Mahmudullah carried the team total to 163/3 in 35.1 overs before Tamim’s dismissal.
Mahmudullah faced 74 balls to feature five boundaries and two sixes before being caught by Mirwais Ashraf off a Mohammad Nabi’s bowling at 203/4 in 40.4 overs.
Number nine Taijul Islam added 11 runs while no other batters of Bangladesh could manage to reach the double figure score.
Opening bat after winning the toss, in the1st match of their first-ever bilateral series, Bangladesh faced early jolt losing their opening batsman Soumya Sarkar, who was sent off with duck in the innings 5th delivery when the team collection was only one. Soumya was caught by Shabir Noori off a Dawlat Zadran bowling.
Bangladesh lost their last four wickets — Shakib Al Hasan, skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed and Taijul Islam — for 19 runs within a span of 15 balls.
Afghan pace bowler Dawlat Zadran was the most successful bagging four wickets for 73 runs while Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi bagged two wickets apiece for 40 and 37 runs respectively, all delivering 10 over apiece. Naveen-ul-Haq and Mirwais Ashraf took one wicket each.

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